Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 10:25:23 -0700
Subject: [PV-Friends] June Newsletter

Perennial Vintners In this issue:
 ▪ Recent Awards
 ▪ Open Winery Weekend (25,26-Jun)
 ▪ Other open hours - Harbor Square Wine shop
Newsletter -- June-2011  ▪ Vineyard - weeding, shoot thinning
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 ▪ Recipe - Grilled Artichokes  ▪ New Outlet

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Recent Awards
We're very proud to announce that recently the 2011 Seattle Wine Awards gave our Frambelle a Gold medal!  Visit their website, winners page, we're right at the top in the "Dessert style: fortified" category.  This contest is possibly the most respected in the Seattle area, and we're very honored that the wine did well there.

Additionally, we entered the 2011 Northwest Wine Summit competition.  From this we received a Bronze medal for the Müller Thurgau, a Silver medal for the Melon de Bourgogne, and Silver for the Frambelle!  You may recall my writing about being a judge for this contest in 2010 (see May 2010 newsletter) -- I have the utmost respect for the work and care that goes into this event, I'm very proud of our showing at this event, too.

Open Winery Weekend (25,26-Jun)
Our monthly Winery Alliance of Bainbridge Island event for June is Sat. 25th and Sun. 26th.  We'll be open our usual 10am 'til 5pm, the other wineries open at noon.  Come on out to Bainbridge, spend the day and visit all 8 wineries!  If you come on Saturday, you can come by the Farmer's Market (Poulsbo or Bainbridge) for great farm and craft products, and some wonderful food vendors for lunch.  For our nice warm weather (any day now...), we now have special by-the-glass pricing on all our wines so that you can take a glass to walk around in the vineyard, or to enjoy with your lunch (picnic tables and benches available in vineyard).

Other open hours - Harbor Square Wine shop
Most any time you're on Bainbridge you can now taste PV wines!  Harbor Square Wine Shop and Tasting Room has graciously offered to have Perennial Vintners wines available on their inert gas wine preservation system, thanks Jeff!  In addition to his great wine selection, Jeff also carries beers from all over the world.  The shop is a tasting room, and they have special wine pourings frequently, including winemaker and distributor events -- may I suggest "like"ing them on Facebook for event announcements?

Also please note that most weekends this Spring/Summer PV is open to the public.  If I'm able to be around the vineyard and winery on a Sat. or Sun., I'm putting out the Winery Open sign -- if you see it, please do come on in!

Vineyard - weeding, shoot thinning
It's ongoing weeding season; yeah I know, boring...  If you're interested in helping out, you'll probably learn something, we'd love to have you come out and join Mike working.

However, it's also shoot thinning season -- much more interesting, and not anywhere near as hard work.  If you're growing grape plants in your backyard, I'd strongly encourage you to come out for a few hours to help out, and learn about how this is done.  This process is essential for keeping your plants under control, and for maximizing your crop -- join our helpers email list for announcements about when we're out working.

Recipe - Grilled Artichokes
Our Executive Chef, Andrew MacMillan has posted another recipe to go with our Melon de Bourgogne.  Although local artichokes are not available yet, they're coming soon, so give it a try now, then you'll know how good it is, so that you'll know to do it again when you can get them fresh at one of our local farmer's markets -- Andrew's Grilled Artichokes.  Andrew prepared this meal for a private dinner party we held, and it was praised by all!

New Outlet
Our wines are now available on the Olympic Peninsula at The Savage Vine.  This is a wonderful compact wine shop with a carefully chosen selection, but better yet, it's at a wonderful nursery/garden shop (called Savage Plants)!  You can enjoy the beauty of shopping for your own garden, surrounded by stunning flowers with gorgeous smells, then taste wines at this lovely spot.  What better gifts than plants/garden stuff, and wine?